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Three Cheers for the Flag

THREE CHEERS FOR THE FLAG
By Fannie True

“Elijah D. Jenkins, of Henry County, Ill., was shot
at Cotton Plant. The Company to which he
belonged attempted to take him with them,
although in a dying state. They stopped
at a house on the road and carried him in.
He grew pale, stared wildly around, and said to
his comrades — “Raise me up boys, I want
to give three cheers for the old flag !” and instantly
expired.”

Raise me up, comrades, one moment I ask,
Raise me up, where I can see
Once more the old banner, our country’s pride –
The glorious flag of the free.

Lift me up, boys, never mind the dark wound,
‘Tis a soldier’s death I shall die,
My soul is ablaze with a patriot fire,
At the rallying battle cry.

Raise me up, boys, ere my strength ebbs away,
I fear not the palsy of death,
But I give for our nation’s grand old flag
Three cheers with my dying breath!

The bright eyes were closed, and the brave
white lips,
That crushed back all weakness and pain,
Grew silent and rigid; his stiffened arm
Will shoulder no musket again!
Around him they gathered, those dear, true boys,
Choking down their wild sobs to hear
A murmuring echo the winds have caught
From the breath of that dying cheer.

No longer they listen, ’tis lost to them
In the roar of the battle’s din,
But the shout rings down the glorified ranks
As his hero soul “falls in !”

I chose this poem because it shows a soldier’s deep love for his country and the battle that takes his life. The soldier described in the poem feels so passionately about America, that he wants nothing more than to see the American flag on his death bed. He has accepted the fact that he is dying since it is for the country he loves. This poem best represents the mood of the war because during the Civil War, soldiers were proud to fight for their country. War wasn’t viewed as such a bad thing as it is today. Soldiers were looked up to and sincerely appreciated. To be a soldier, was to be a hero. Men were proud to be soldiers and dying for the U.S. of A. was becoming normal. The soldier in the poem is a great example of a proud warrior. I imagined the soldier as strong and brave, the icon of a soldier in the Civil War.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Civil War Poetry

 

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Anne Sexton

Anne Grey Harvey Sexton was born on November 9, 1928 in Newton, Massachusetts. Anne lived a comfortable middle-class life but was very mistreated by her parents. Her parents were very hostile to her and she feared that they would one day abandon her. When she was nineteen years old, Anne became pregnant with a daughter with Alfred Sexton II. Anne Sexton became very depressed and turned to poetry, along with therapy, for stability. As her fame with writing continued to progress, her marriage broke more and more apart. During the 1970’s, Anne’s loneliness, depression, and alcoholism reached a high. Alfred and Anne got a divorce and the author’s life went on a downward fall. In October 1974, Anne Sexton suffocated herself with carbon monoxide in her garage in Boston.

“Buying the Whore”

You are the roast beef I have purchased
and I stuff you with my very own onion.

You are a boat I have rented by the hour
and I steer you with my rage until you run aground.

You are a glass that I have paid to shatter
and I swallow the pieces down with my spit.

You are the grate I warm my trembling hands on,
searing the flesh until it’s nice and juicy.

You stink like my Mama under your bra
and I vomit into your hand like a jackpot
its cold hard quarters.

I chose this poem because of its title. At first glance, I was intrigued by the fact that Anne Sexton titled one of her poems with the word “whore”. While reading the poem, I became disturbed. I was attracted to the first and last stanzas of the poem. Comparing someone to a roast beef caught my attention. The last stanza seems really disturbed and angry to me. It’s so expressive and disgusting that I couldn’t overlook it. I liked the poem because of how expressive and disgusting it is. One can really understand Anne’s emotional distress at the time of writing “Buying the Whore”.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Poets

 

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Moulton Browning was born on March 6, 1806 in County Durham, England. At a very young age  Elizabeth became a persistent reader and outstanding student. Elizabeth’s family encouraged her to write, although they were very protective over her. She published her first narrative poem “The Battle of Marathon” in 1820. Elizabeth became very ill at fifteen and had to take opium for the rest of her life as an ailment. In 1846, Elizabeth married Robert Browning in London. The couple was devoted and happy and remained so throughout their entire relationship. Elizabeth Browning died in her husband’s arms on June 29, 1861.

  “Sonnet 14″

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say
‘I love her for her smile—her look—her way
Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’—
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,—
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.

I was first attracted to this poem by its first line. I was immediately a little confused by the meaning of the first line and wanted to understand the meaning of the poem. After reading the poem, I became fixated on the last few lines of the poem. The words “But love me for love’s sake, that evermore Thou mayest love on, through love’s eternity” really caught my attention. I was astonished with how Elizabeth wanted to be loved just to be loved. She didn’t want to be loved for her smile, her looks, or the way she spoke. She only desired to be genuinely loved and that had a very strong meaning to me.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Poets

 

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Today is 1984

There have been many new problems uprising with invasion of privacy on the Internet, especially recently. As discussed in Forgot What You Searched For? Google Didn’t, different search engines can now track and remember all topics that you search. This may not be relevant for some, but for others the idea that the government could possibly find out anything you’ve done on the Web is frightening. The author of the article, Leslie Walker, is an avid “Googler”, using it for email, social networking, shopping, and a custom home page. Walker stated that, “There is simply no telling how much long-term control we are giving up over our digital reputations in these still-early days of the Web.” It’s hard to say how much information users are dishing out over the World Wide Web without giving much consideration as to where that information goes or who has access to it.

All producers yearn for a way to increase the amount of product they sell, therefore increasing their profit. Companies find ways to pull at the heart strings of their customers. The strong use of babies, marriage, love, and cute animals are used in advertising to attract a diverse group of consumers. These plays on emotions actually work and interest many people into the product being introduced on their favorite commercials. “They think they’re watching entertainment television, but they’re actually watching a commerical.” The Geico Gecko knows exactly how producers are using entertainment and characters (such as the Geico Gecko himself) to entice consumers. The internet, television, billboards, or other types of media are all used to attract consumers to products with plays on emotion and other strategies.

The articles relating to privacy issues and manipulation of public opinion are directly connected to 1984. In the novel, there is no such thing as privacy, no matter who you are. Orwell described the extremity of his dystopia with the idea of thoughtcrime. “The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed–would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper–the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you” (19).

In the opinion of George Orwell, by the year 1984 there would be no such thing as privacy. Today, many may feel that Orwell’s prediction was correct. With the government’s ability to find any information they want about you, and with the limit of privacy on the internet, the privacy in life seems close to none. Also, the manipulation of public opinion is demonstrated throughout 1984 with the Two Minutes Hate where all Party members are forced to show their hatred for Oceania’s enemy, Goldstein.

The topics have impacted me because as a United States citizen and an avid internet user, I am effected with the invasion of privacy every day. As I watch television or view commercials on the internet or radio, my opinion is manipulated so that I am interested in certain products or ideas. It is important that I understand how available my personal information is to strangers so that I can be careful when using the internet and other technologies.

 

Works Cited

“Advertising Techniques 2011 Creative TV, Print and Digital Examples.” Creative Advertising Ideas, Techniques and Creative Briefs. Web. 07 Apr. 2011. <http://www.adcracker.com/techniques/Advertising_Techniques.htm&gt;.

Orwell, George. 1984. New York: Signet Classic, 1950. Print.

Walker, Leslie. “Leslie Walker – Forgot What You Searched For? Google Didn’t – Washingtonpost.com.” The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines – Washingtonpost.com. Web. 07 Apr. 2011. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/20/AR2006012001799.html&gt;.

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Beyond 1984

 

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European Religion During the Early 16th Century

In the early 16th century, England religion began to spur many conflicts with politics. Henry VIII, the king who desired whatever he pleased, created an ecclesiastic court and called upon the Reformation Parliament to rid of his wife, Catherine. Many other movements in religion were made at this time.  One of which, is the great Protestant Reformation, which lasted more than a century.

The Protestant Reformation was led by Martin Luther(pictured below), a monk from Germany who believed that the Catholic church was full of false doctrines and ecclesiastical malpractice. Belief in this corruption led Luther, along with the majority of the Western European civilization, to desire a reform that would correct the problems throughout the church. One of Luther’s main desires,which was supported by Chancellor Thomas Cramwell, was to translate the original text of all Bibles into the English language. Many people were fearsome that this change would take away from the intended meaning of the biblical word but to their relief, the traditional church services were still held in Latin after the Reformation. As a result of this Christian reform movement, Protestantism was considered a constituent branch of Christianity. 



In the mid-1500s, Thomas More, as the new chancellor of England, began a great persecution of Protestants for his strong opposition of  the relaxation of heresy laws. The reform, still at its birth, may have taken much threat from the violent acts of More. England was still considered to be a Catholic nation under the rule of King Henry VII’s reign even though some sources claim that Catholics were very mistreated. Also at this time, King Henry VIII passed the Act of Six Articles which laid down the beliefs of the church of England. The king knew that these would enforce the fundamental doctrines of the church under heavy penalties.

Below is a picture of the acts that were performed to reform the Roman Catholic Church.

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Barrow, Mandy. “Religion during the Tudor Times.” Woodlands Junior School, Tonbridge, Kent UK. 2010. Web. 26 Oct. 2010. <http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/Homework/tudors/religion.htm&gt;.

Lambert, Tim. “16th Century England.” A World History Encyclopedia. Web. 26 Oct. 2010. <http://www.localhistories.org/henryvii.html&gt;.

“Sixteenth Century.” Le Poulet Gauche. 1 Jan. 2004. Web. 26 Oct. 2010. <http://www.lepg.org/sixteen.htm&gt;.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Thomas More's Utopia

 

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Se7en: Dante’s influence on pop culture

Se7en is a 1995 American crime film starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and many other star-powered actors and actresses. The film is about the hunt of two homicide detectives, Detectives Sommerset and Mills, for a sadistic serial killer who murders in correspondence to one of the Seven Deadly Sins which his victim has committed. The murderer is determined by his desire to punish the world for its ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins, viewing himself as akin to the Sword of God in handing out punishment of sins. As Detective Sommerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins to better understand the motive of the killer, Detective Mills simply scoffs at his efforts. Throughout the film, the detectives make numerous references to Dante’s Inferno. It can be said that the entire movie is based on the Seven Deadly Sins, just as Dante’s “Purgatory” was.

In the Divine Comedy by Dante, written between 1308-1321, the three canticas, “Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradise”, make the entirety of the story. In the “Purgatory”, Dante tells of seven terraces that correspond to the Seven Deadly Sins. These sins are pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. In the movie, Se7en, the serial killer also acts with murder on the Seven Deadly Sins which his victims commit. In both, Dante’s “Purgatory” and Se7en, the people are punished according to the sin in which they committed.

The murderer, John Doe, speaks this quote in the movie :

“We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it’s common, it’s trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I’m setting the example. What I’ve done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed… forever.” 

Also, Detective Mills, makes a direct, outraged reference to Dante when he says:

“F***in’ Dante… poetry-writing fa**ot! Piece of s**t, motherf***er!”

 

In Se7en, the victim who commits gluttony, a greatly obese man, is forced to eat until he can not eat any longer. Then the killer kicks him in the side, causing his stomach to burst.

In “Purgatory” the gluttonous must experience excruciating hunger and thirst.

In the film,  the lawyer who was greedy, the side of his abdomen was sliced off. 

For Dante, the greedy were forced to lay face-down on the hard ground.

Se7en (Seven, 1995) - Sloth

The slothful man in Se7en was strapped to a bed for a year, where he lay rotting away.

In “Purgatory”, the slothful souls must run constantly.

In Se7en, the man full of envy kills a woman by cutting her head off.

In Dante’s version, the envious must stand together with their eyes sewn shut.

A man, in his wrath, shoots another man in the head in the film.

In the “Purgatory” the wrathful must walk through acrid, dark smoke, unable to see the outside world.

In Se7en, the woman who is too concerned with her outer beauty has her nose cut off. She is then so proud, that her outer deformity causes her to commit suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs.

In the “Purgatory”, prideful people must walk with heavy stones on their backs.

In the flm, a man is forced to murder a prostitute for her great sense of lust by raping her with a razor-bladed dildo.

In Dante’s “Purgatory”, the lustful are thrown violently in a potent wind.

 The direct and indirect references of Dante’s influence on Se7en is definitely evident throughout the film. 

Works Cited
Leach, Shawn. “Movie Spoiler for the Film – SEVEN.” The Movie Spoiler. Web. 16 Oct. 2010.< http://www.themoviespoiler.com/Spoilers/seven.html.&gt;
 
Saunier, Michael. “Se7en (Seven) Horror Movie Review by BHM: Mainstream Horror That Thrills.” The BEST Horror Movies, For the Discerning Horror Freak… 8 Sept. 2007. Web. 16 Oct. 2010. <http://www.best-horror-movies.com/se7en.html.&gt;
 
“Se7en (1995) – Parents Guide.” The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). 16 Sept. 2010. Web. 16 Oct. 2010. <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114369/parentalguide&gt;.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2010 in Dante

 

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